Defoe To Miss Madejski Fixture?

Last updated : 09 October 2002 By Rob Cooper
Jermain Defoe
Defoe celebrates scoring for England u21 against Holland at the Madejski Stadium
The England u21s will be without Jermain Defoe on Friday when they take on Slovakia. The West Ham forward will then face a race against time to be fit to take to the field against Macedonia u21 at the Madejski Stadium next Tuesday.

Last time the under 21s were in action at the Madejski Stadium in August 2001 Defoe, a second half substitute, netted a brace as England ran riot, defeating Holland 4-0.

However, FA spokesman Andrin Cooper confirmed that David Platt will be without Defoe on Friday and maybe next Tuesday as well.

"Jermain will not travel out for Friday's game. He is going to stay at home and work with medical staff at his club. However, we are quietly confident that he will be available for Tuesday's match against Macedonia at Reading," he said, speaking to

Defoe shot to fame two years ago when as a teenager he netted thirty times in one season on loan at Second Division Bournemouth. In that time he went on an incredible run to win himself a place in the record books, scoring in twelve consecutive games.